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Anime hit Attack on Titan is coming back for a second season in 2017

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The giant naked man-eating monsters of Attack on Titan are finally coming back to TV screens next year. The long-awaited second season of the ultra-popular anime was detailed by the show's producers at a fan event this weekend, confirming a listing posted by a Spanish distributor in May that indicated Attack on Titan would be returning in 2017.

Attack on Titan's storyline — which follows a trio of high-flying heroes trying to protect humanity from skyscraper-sized titans — has been advanced by more manga and spin-off shows, but fans have been waiting two years for a second season of the anime proper. The show has become a crossover success, working for many in the west as the dramatic and acceptable face of a sometimes impenetrable artform, as its popularity in its native Japan has seen its grinning and skinless titans used to advertise everything from cars to candy.

A poster for the new series shows main character Eren Yaeger hulking out in his own titan form, ready to take on the Colossal Titan that helped destroy his city's outer walls way back in the first season. Japanese fans can expect to watch their showdown — probably stretched across five episodes — in spring next year, while fans in the west might need to wait a bit longer. Perhaps you can make do with an Attack on Titan video game and movie in the meantime.